Upcoming Events

Final Male-Identified Confidential Discussion Monday, November 19

Over the last month and a half, male-identified folks have had three great conversations around our feelings and responses to the #metoo movement following the events that happened during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and the misbehavior of a former USSB minister. Each conversation so far has been deep and rich. We grappled with newfound meaning in our personal stories, and dove into big questions like, “How have we, or how should we, as men, adjust as we become more aware of the trauma that many female-identified survivors have experienced?” Led by student minister Nic Filzen, our final discussion in the series is scheduled for Monday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. We’d love to have as many male-identified folks as possible attend to share and grow with one another.

Quantum Field Theory and Consciousness Affinity Group meets Monday, November 19

Beginners QFT&C meets the third Monday of the month, and gathers at 7:00 p.m. for starting at 7:15 in Blake Lounge. Videos will explain String Theory, cultural belief systems, and the Gaia Hypothesis.

USSB Book Discussion Group meets Tuesday, November 20

This group meets the third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. For more information, contact Al Melkonian.

Advance Care Directive Workshop Wednesday, November 21

The Alliance for Living and Dying Well continues with its monthly Advance Care Directive workshops. It’s all happening the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. These free workshops provide trained facilitators and all the materials you need to get the job done. Click here for more information and to register or call the Alliance for Living and Dying Well at (805) 845-5314.

Meditation Group Wednesday, November 21

Join us Wednesday evenings in the Sanctuary from 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. for a weekly opportunity to participate in a facilitated sitting meditation session. Sitting in contemplation has a long lineage in many faith traditions and can enrich any spiritual practice. Members of the USSB congregation and the public are invited to take time each week to sit and breathe and participate in various meditation styles. If you’re looking for more mindfulness or just a chance to take a brief midweek timeout, stop by. The group will be led, on a rotating basis, by Arianna Jansma, Rev. Julia Hamilton, Rev. Ken Collier, Maureen Claffey, and Nic Filzen. After a 10-minute settling period and instructions on meditation for those interested, there will be two 15-minute sitting meditation periods, broken up with a brief break, when people can stretch or leave or join us. BYOC: Bring your own cushion, chair or other sitting tool, or there will be chairs and cushions here to sit on. For more information, email maureen@ussb.org.

Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck Meets Thursday, November 22

We’re having a special Thanksgiving Vegan Potluck! Join us on Thursday, November 22 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge.

The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Click here to visit the Vegan Potluck web page, or email Cathy Albanese for more information and to RSVP.

Vegan Film Night Friday, November 23

Join us at at 7:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge. Our November film is Got the Facts on Milk? (aka “The Milk Documentary”). The film is an award-winning feature documentary that questions conventional wisdom on the health benefits of milk and dairy products. Addressing myth, truth, and all in between, the film is sometimes whimsical and funny. But it is also a riveting exposé that provokes serious thought about this everyday staple. In so doing, the film joins the late Dr. Benjamin Spock, MD, who in the last edition of his famous baby book recommended soy and other plant-derived milks over cow’s milk for children.

Women’s Group Meets Monday, November 26

Women’s Group meets from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. First-timers, sometime-timers, and healthy snacks are always welcome! Women’s Group meets the second and fourth Monday of each month. We focus on general interest subjects and activities of interest to women. We have a variable format, including topical discussions, speakers, group book readings, and open topic meetings. For more information, contact Karen Bradstreet.

Song & Silence: Taizé Style, Tuesday, December 4

Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. For anyone who needs a break, a breath, a chance to go deep into the quiet within: give yourself the gift of a Taizé-style service. This is a candle-lit evening of meditative singing, a few reflective words, and deep, nourishing silence. The songs are easy for everyone to learn and no singing talent is needed, and the Sanctuary is transformed with a warm and welcoming glow as the early darkness settles around us and peace settles within us. All are welcome. Childcare will be available upon request.

Alliance Meets Friday, December 7

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm in Parish Hall. Alliance presents a Hanukkah celebration! Claire, Julie, and Nancy are preparing a Hanukkah party to help us balance the excesses of Christmas. Come ready to play games and sing while you learn the history of this tradition.

Join us at 2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall on the first Friday of each month from October to June for a stimulating presentation and the tea which follows. All are welcome: USSB congregants, friends, neighbors, men and women of all ages. Your contribution of some goodies to share makes our tea a delicious afternoon treat. We look forward to welcoming you.

vegan potluck Sunday, December 9

We’ll meet at 5:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. Click here to visit the Vegan Potluck web page, or email Cathy Albanese for more information and to RSVP.

6th Annual Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence Sunday, December 9

On Sunday, December 9 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., our USSB congregation and the Coalition Against Gun Violence will co-host a vigil for the half-million Americans who have been killed or injured by guns since the mass shootings in Sandy Hook Elementary School six years ago. This year 38,000 lives were lost to gun violence.

Several faith leaders, including Rev. Julia, will speak from their tradition. Photos and music will embellish the ceremony. The focus is a re-dedication and a renewed call to action to reduce gun violence. There will be a traditional bell ceremony where any member of the audience who has lost a family member or friend to gun violence may say the name of the loved one and toll the bell. Members of the larger community are invited.

Solidarity and Compassion Wednesday, December 12

Join us from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. We are thrilled to be partnering with Radhule Wieniger, who has been running the “Solidarity and Compassion Project” since 2016. This is a monthly gathering of guest speakers from the community, joining together to discuss ways of community healing during difficult times and to spend time in meditation and reflection. We bring together members of the leading faith traditions as well as a variety of thinkers, musicians, visionaries and activists to share how their individual traditions’ and practices such as prayers, meditation, chants, and philosophies help us deal with uncertainty, anxiety, and fear during this challenging time in our country and our world.

Join us every second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome. The Project was profiled in the recent issue of Tricycle!


Click here for a basic calendar of each month’s events at USSB.

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